Once upon a time @YelpBNE and @JamesStreetBNE both mentioned in passing via Twitter they had grand ideas for a progressive dinner. Like Cinderella finding her Prince Charming and the perfect glass slipper, it was clear that James Street would be Yelp's prince charming to collaborate on our March elite event.
And on Tuesday March 19th, 25 of Yelp Brisbane's Elite Squad met at Cru Bar + Cellar starting our progressive dinner sipping on champagne (Ruinart was the clear favourite) and delicately eating matched oysters while Andrew from the James Street Initative warmly introduced Yelpers to the precinct.
Just when we were embraced by the warmth of the Cru Bar cellars (or maybe that was the champagne) the squad was whisked across the street to Bucci and a special selection of signature antipasti and aranici balls from head-chef Shaun Malone awaited us.
No time to rest for this gastronomic crowd, it was time for perhaps the best stop of the evening – Gerard's. Sat at two long-tables we sampled a hand ful of Ben William's exceptional dishes. Kale and Broccolini drizzled with shallot oil, goat “tagine” with carrot, pickled dates, candied orange and green olive; whole smoked eggplant, fermented yoghurt, blackened onions and mint; spiced cauliflower, currants and smoked almonds (did anyone else fall in love with this dish?) and whole boneless quail, date and rose stuffing, caramelized fig and smoked curd. Ben, you are forgiven for not being able to duck away from the kitchen if you keep up these flavour bombs in a meal.
Harvey's Bistro was our sweetest and final stop of the evening, and just when I think most of the squad was falling fast into a satisfied food coma, PJ brought them back to life with his banana and pecan parfait, maple fudge and toffee biscuit and dark chocolate tart with creme fraice and rum and raisin ice-cream.
Thank you to everyone who came along, James Street Initiative, Cru Bar + Cellar, Harvey's Bistro, Bucci, and Gerard's and to Andrew Watt Photography for being there to capture the night's festivities.
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Til next time, SYOY!